Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII. Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war's youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You'll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed Laniakea Cafe, and our state-of-the-art 360 degree combat flight simulators. The mission of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is to steward America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II sharing the artifacts, personal stories, the impact and response to the December 7, 1941 attack and the Pacific region battles that followed, honoring those who have defended our freedom so we might educate and inspire future generations.
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  • J E
    Austin, Texas2,785 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum loved the Bob Hope exhibit
    This is one of the museums you can visit while at Pearl Harbor. You must take a free bus there from the main area. It cost around $28 per person. This was my favorite of the three. Mainly because of the Bob Hope exhibit. I like many of the planes as well but the Bob Hope exhibit was unique. They also have a diner in the museum. Plus, you can do some add-ons were you get to do virtual reality. I would highly recommend people visit this place while they are at Pearl Harbor.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Canuck On The Road
    Severn Township, Canada49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    We had missed the museum last year, and heard fellow travels raving about it. Returning to Honolulu, we booked the museum and tower tour. Let me say, the air traffic tower tour was the highlight and our guide Tom brought history alive, we came away with more knowledge and respect for the Greatest Generation. The view is spectacular. Added advantage is the elevator and while I was apprehensive about climbing two flights of stairs to the top, it was easy. The museum is well laid out and tells the story of December 7, 1941 well. The aircraft are remarkable and please go to Hanger 79 to see restoration of WWII planes in progress. We had lunch in the cafeteria-well run and great food. I would like to add that the people at the museum are wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Tom at the Tower - Mahola Tom from one history buff to another.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,385 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Collection of Military Aircraft from WWII and Beyond at Ford Field
    The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is located on Ford Island and is well worth touring as part of a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Monument. Numerous aircraft are on display including vintage aircraft from WWII and fighter planes from the Korean, Viet Nam and Gulf wars. Visit Hangar 79 where you can still see the bullet holes in the windows from the attack on December 7, 1941. You can easily spend 2 hours or longer looking at all there is to see and experience at the museum. You need to board a free shuttle from near the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to get out to Ford Field. Make sure to pick up the audio tour that is included with admission. The Pearl Harbor visitor center and museums are free, but you need a separate ticket to enter the Aviation Museum. Same goes for the USS Missouri and the USS Bowfin Submarine. It costs $25.99 for the Aviation Museum, or you can purchase a Passport to Pearl Harbor pass for $89.99 that includes all 3. This pass doesn't actually save you any money when visiting the 3 sites although it also includes an audio tour of the visitor center and a virtual reality experience which I thought was worthwhile. There is now the option of riding to the top of the Ford Island Control Tower for a bird's eye view of Pearl Harbor. The cost is an extra $20.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Parris
    San Clemente, California737 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special day learning about WWll invasion of Pearl Harbor.
    We had been to Pearl Harbor before but we had not visited the Air Museum. We decided to see that and take the tower tour. We bought our tickets at the visitor center at Pearl Harbor then took the shuttle to the museum. We were extremely fortunate because Ford ( A docent) was giving a tour that we joined. He told us about every aircraft in the museum and stories relating to events that happened that day. Ford brought that day to life for us as we listened to him. I’m guessing maybe he was giving a hanger tour? I’m not sure but if I return I will inquire about his services. When you arrive we watched a 12 min video about Dec 7, 1941. The museum has two hangers to visit and some other aircraft out side to see up close. We really enjoyed our time here. If you are interested in history this is a must visit site.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, Hawaii79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historic site for families and aviation fans
    This is one of multiple great attractions the Pearl Harbor Memorial lineup has to offer and is definitely a must for those who have an affinity for aviation. My two young kids love this place as it provides interactive learning, the shock value of large aircraft and a walkable indoor/outdoor set-up. The main museum has multiple aircraft, an intro film, pay-to-play flight simulators, a cafe and one of the better military gift shops on the island. On the outside, don’t miss the many fighter jets, helicopters and support aircraft from multiple eras. You’ll even see a Navy Blue Angel and a Cold War era Russian MIG. Additionally, take some time to walk over to Hanger 79 to get a peak into how aviation relics are preserved and refurbished. On your way out, glance up at the glass windows to see bullet holes from Japanese Zeros (still there from the day of the attack), which is sobering. A couple things to consider.. this museum is located on Ford Island as opposed to pier side near the Visitor Center and other attractions. This means that you’ll have to arrange for a shuttle transfer and escort at the Visitor Center or 3rd party tour package service (unless you have a U.S military/govt ID). Ford Island is a part of the active naval base so this is for security protocol. Also, there is a minor cost for museum tickets, but this money goes back into museum/aircraft maintenance and making this awesome place what it is (totally worth it) Check it out and have fun!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2024
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Sandra P
Montreal, Canada184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
You can't come to Oahu without visiting Pearl Harbor and you can't come to Pearl Harbor without visiting the museum. Many people just visit the Arizona and feel that they have visited Pearl Harbor. There is so much more to this visit back in History. Very educational and well worth it.
Written March 17, 2020
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We included the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on this visit to Ford Island with our friends from Kuai. Taking the shuttle bus that boards near the submarine museum. The bus is free, but the same security restrictions apply. Covid mask rules were also in place on our visit. The buses are comfortable, air conditioned, and have frequent schedule departure times. Given the one way rout these busses run, you need to plan where you get off. To visit the Oklahoma Memorial, and/or tour the Battleship Missouri, get off there first.

We just stopped to pay respects for the sacrifices made by all those named, at this touching memorial. I also wanted to get some exterior photos of the “Mighty Mo” this trip, as she was having restoration done on my last visit here. I had taken a tour years ago, and our friends decided on the aviation museum. Back on the bus, and it drops you off right at the entrance. We were hungry, and needed to use the restrooms, so we did that first. We got our admission tickets, then had lunch at the café.

There is a small theater running a short movie you should view, before touring the exhibits. The main building, hangar #37, houses various dioramas with restored aircraft. One has the actual wreckage of the Japanese zero that crashed on Ni’ihau, along with a small tractor on display. The storyboard tells part of a very intriguing story of the tragic events that followed, given Japan believed the island was uninhabited.

Our friend’s teen daughters, convinced mom and dad to partake in the flight simulators. Having just eaten, I of course passed. Additional cost for these, but you get to watch their facial expressions on a video screen as they tumble and spin, oh how fun. We skipped the other exhibits at hangar #79. This was my second visit, and had previously spent an hour there a few years ago. It has bullet holes in the glass panes from the 1941 attack, a visible reminder of that horrible day. Tired, it was back on the bus.

Some reviewers complain about the ticket price. If you have been to other aviation museums, as I have, you may find it lacking by comparison. It is a work in progress, on an active military base, run by a non-profit foundation. Having many challenges to overcome, it will improve over time. You should evaluate the savings of a group tour, or bundled passes available for sale, vs. the flexibility of time, paying as you go. Having a rental car helps. Their gift shop is well merchandised, with a helpful enthusiastic staff.

Mahalo.
Written April 1, 2022
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Jody Smith
Charlotte, NC335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A piece of American History that cannot be missed. Yes, it's another ~$25 per person but worth the price. Dozens of planes to see with plenty of history, stories and artifacts vital to the allies success in WWII and beyond. Several of the exhibits are hands off but there are plenty of planes stationed outside that are open to touch however, none of the planes are open to climb into.

The highlight for us, especially my 13yo, was the flight simulator. There is an additional cost for this over the museum entrance fee and the flight lasts about six minutes. The simulator is much like a video game but it moves based on the pilot's inputs. In other words, you will actually go up, down, roll left, roll right, barrel roll and a full loop; if you can stomach it.

Tours are self guided and should last around 1.5-2 hours to include the simulator. There is a little diner on site for food and a gift shop. Transportation to the actual museum is by shuttle bus that picks up at the main center and drops off at the Aviation Museum as well as the USS Missouri. The bus comes about every 10-15 minutes and the trip takes 5-10 minutes. Bring water and leave your bags at home. No bags are allowed other than small clutch sized purses.
Written August 24, 2022
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TravelFan95661
Roseville, CA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We have been to aviation museums around the world. What set this visit apart was the thorough experience with each plane. I highly suggest checking out the free wands for the audio tour. Hearing the pilots speak about their plane and the fighting in specific battles of World War II and beyond was mesmerizing. All this while strolling under or around each plane. This elevates the experience from just gawking at aircraft and reading the signs. We especially appreciated meeting staff member Steve Scott who approached us to see if we had any questions. These two airplane hangers, left from the bombing of Pearl Harbor, are the perfect addition to touring the Missouri and visiting the Arizona Memorial.
Written February 16, 2020
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warreng999
Brisbane, Australia413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
You get a great perspective of the attack area as well as being able to get up close to all sorts of planes and helicopters. Pay extra for the Top of the Tower tour as you get a great view from the tower and the story is interesting.
The fighter simulates is also worth it however the lines can be long as the ride takes 5 minutes.
The Bob Hope attraction was closed and there was no sign informing you of that until you walked to the attraction.
Written September 16, 2022
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tarajean424
Colleyville, TX389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
My family and I have done pearl harbor several times, so we decided to try the aviation museum. You catch a bus for it at the back of the visitor center. I would definitely recommend seeing the museum in the morning because it does get more crowded as the day goes on. You can purchase tickets for it online. I also recommend the free audio guide. It is very informative and go at your own pace.

It seems small on the inside, but there is more to it if you go outside the museum and turn left. There are some planes out there to look at as well as a hangar and sometimes a special exhibit. This museum is awesome and my family and I loved it!
Written January 6, 2023
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Looncoach
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We have a friend stationed on Ford Island, so we were fortunate to be able to visit this museum and a few other hostoric sites on the island. The museum is a work in progress as they continue to find and rebuild plans that were lost in WWII.
The bullet holes from the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 alone are worth the trip.
Written January 6, 2020
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Alyssa N
Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We had the passport ticket so this is included. They have a self audio tour on the far side of the counter which we seen when we walked through the first area of the museum. They never offered or told us about them, it’s free. Hangar 79 also uses the audio. Lots of different planes etc so it was cool to see
Written January 24, 2020
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Keith S
Medical Lake, WA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As a former Air Force guy, it has been a long time since I've seen many of these planes; this was an unexpected pleasure as part of our day trip to Pearl. This was a treat for me and my my 18 year old grandson, who has never been around anything to do with the military. To see the actual tower that was there during the attack on Pearl and was in the recent movie, was a plus. It has aircraft from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam wars. Would love to see this museum, which I think is privately funded, grow and be much more comprehensive. But I highly recommend making the trip.
Written March 10, 2020
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sharla77008
Houston, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Loved reading the history of planes that fought at Pearl Harbor as well as other battles. Well worth the price. Even our shuttle bus driver from the visitor’s center to the aviation museum told us lots of interesting history.
Written March 1, 2021
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